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August 14, 2011
Ben will begin his senior year of high school next month. He is thinking about where he will apply to college. His academic advisors and music mentors have recommended schools where they believe he will get the best possible education and professional training, while my friends and family stress the importance of living away from home. "Kids need to experience other cultures, other ways of life," they tell me. "They need to develop independence; to learn to navigate the world without Mommy or Daddy's interference."
August 13, 2011
What’s New at University of Venus - Week Ending 13 August 2011University of Venus Around the Web:
August 11, 2011
I know this is a big topic, but it has become salient recently in my world.My college is taking a fresh look at its website. Without giving anything away, I'll just say that the previous version won't be missed.But in trying to put together a new one, it's becoming clear that different sets of expectations are crashing into each other. This can't be the first time such a thing has happened, so I'm hoping my wise and worldly readers can shed some light.
August 11, 2011
For some German politicians, this summer is bringing not only matters of meditation on preparing for the coming elections in September, or the need to address the home and foreign agenda, but also serious challenges for their careers. After the big scandal around the accusation of plagiarism against Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the then minister of Defense and a rising star of the German politics; other politicians, many representatives of the ‘’new generation,’’ are going through comparably embarrassing days.
August 11, 2011
Some of the best advice I got recently about communicating is:"Don't filter information."
August 11, 2011
In math we often talk about “bounded sets.” A bounded set in two dimensions is one that we can draw a circle around, while one in three dimensions is one that can be placed in a sphere. I thought of this recently as I reflected back on the summer that is almost over. Bounded by the end of school on one side and the beginning of a new school year on the other, the set “the days of summer vacation” is certainly a bounded set, one what is quickly approaching the end of the list of such values.
August 11, 2011
In 2011, newsletters have to be social, mobile-optimized, searchable and accessible. Email-only newsletter generally have high open rates, but their content is not available via the web. PDF-based newsletters can be visually captivating, but they are often not optimized for accessibility. Several of us send out PDF newsletters via email subscription lists. A major element that is lacking with this distribution system is that it is one-way. Comments and social sharing are limited. Recently, I was asked about my thoughts on how to create a more modern newsletter solution.
August 11, 2011
Providing opportunities for students to get physically involved -- with meeting their needs, with the surrounding community, with modifying the campus -- is becoming an ever bigger part of our sustainability strategy at Greenback U. Breaking folks out of that passive consumer mindset is a necessary first step on the road to them becoming active and engaged citizens.
August 11, 2011
On the same day that we learned recall elections did not give Democrats control over the Wisconsin state Senate, professors were informed that the recently passed concealed weapons law allows individuals to bring a “gun, electric weapon (e.g., taser), billyclub, and a knife other than a switchblade” onto college campuses.
August 10, 2011
Google has been driving me crazy. Until this week, I had used our campus version of Google apps for my calendar (so it can easily synch with various campus calendars) and another Google account for my RSS feeds (because there wasn’t a Google Reader available for the campus accounts). These are things I use often, so I have live bookmarks on my Firefox toolbars and have moved easily from one to another – apparently more often than I realized until the day Google changed the way multiple accounts are handled.

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